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You are beautiful': the Kenyan beauty parlour serving female heroin users
18 Mar 2020
Pedicures, manicures and blow-drys bring women through the door to help them access rehabilitation
Morphine shortage deepens the pain for cancer patients
7 Mar 2020
The Kenya Harmonised Health Facility Assessment report for 2018/19 indicates that cancer patients have to buy their own morphine or take the less effective paracetamols that are mostly available in both public and private hospitals across the country.
THE WRONG WAY TO FIGHT THE OPIOID CRISIS
29 Feb 2020
People struggling with addiction who share a lethal dose of drugs are being prosecuted as killers.
South Philadelphia to become site of nation’s first supervised-injection facility next week, organizers say
26 Feb 2020
The USA’s first supervised-injection site will open next week in S.Philadelphia, the site’s operators said Tuesday within hours of a federal judge’s entering a final ruling that the proposed facility would not violate federal law.
Los Angeles to dismiss 66,000 marijuana convictions
17 Feb 2020
Los Angeles moved this week to dismiss nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions, years after the state voted to legalize the drug.
The Futile Cruelty of the US-Led Drug War in Afghanistan⁠—What Now?
26 Jan 2020
A report published last month by the Washington Post confirmed what many already knew about the war on opium in Afghanistan: A staggering, costly failure.
Opioid Deaths Rise When Auto Plants Close, Study Shows
5 Jan 2020
Research found 85 percent more deaths among those of prime working age in places where car factories closed compared with where they stayed open.
Walk-in clinics for opioid addiction offer meds first, fast
19 Dec 2019
The epidemic is driving new treatment strategies for the 2 million Americans addicted to opioids.
A Dire Shortage of ADD Meds Is Pushing Some Patients to Street Meth
16 Dec 2019
People who are prescribed controlled substances used to treat attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders (ADD/ADHD) are facing a crippling shortage of medication—and at least some are being driven to turn to riskier street drugs to fill the void.
Phase 1 clinical trials for psilocybin show no adverse effects
16 Dec 2019
A team of researchers from King's College London and mental healthcare company Compass Pathways has released the results of a Phase 1 clinical trial for the drug psilocybin.
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